How to extend your study permit

🚨 We strongly recommend you submit your application three to four months before the expiration date of your current study permit.

The application for your study permit extension must be submitted before the expiration date. Otherwise, you will lose your immigration status and have to stop studying or working.

Step 1: Log in to your IRCC GCkey account

You can use your existing IRCC account to apply for a study permit extension.

If you do not have an account, or if you do not have access to your previous account, you can create a new account.

How to create your IRCC GCKey account

Step 2: Create your document checklist

The next step of your study permit application is to create your document checklist.

You can watch to learn how to navigate the IRCC online system in two steps to create your personal application checklist.

Step 3: Prepare your documents and complete forms

Download and complete the IMM5709e application form

Ensure you download the latest form directly from the IRCC website for your application. 

Do not print and sign the form. You can type your name in the signature and dates on the form. Once you enter your information select "Validate," the form will generate an additional page with many bar codes if it's validated successfully. 

If you want to make changes to the form, remember to validate it and save the form after every edit.

Get help answering questions on the IMM 5709E form

Collect your documents

Certain documents will be needed when you apply for your study permit extension.

If your documents are not in English or French, they should be accompanied by an official translation or a certified copy of the original document in English or French with an affidavit.

On the document checklist, where the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) is requested, you should upload your Confirmation of Enrollment.

Your original Letter of Acceptance expired the day you started your studies.

On the Confirmation of Enrollment, you can include the updated date of completion of your studies, which will help the immigration officer when extending your study permit.

In certain situations, you might need a customized Confirmation of Enrollment. For this kind of letter, please see an International Student Advisor.

In a study permit application, it is crucial to clearly demonstrate you can financially support yourself during your studies and stay in Canada.

For the proof of funds, you should show sufficient funds to cover the remainder of your program. You should add the amount of tuition you are responsible for paying and the amount to cover your living expenses. The total is what you should prepare to have in your proof of funds.

A few documents you can use in your proof of funds include:
  • the last four months of bank statements in your Canadian accounts
  • the bank statement of your GIC account if you have one
  • the last four months of bank statements of your parents or your sponsor.

For more information on proof of funds, please refer to the IRCC website.

You will need to scan and upload a copy of your passport on the bio-data page. This page contains your photo, all other personal information, and any other pages with stamps, visas, or markings from any county.

If you have a new passport, you need to provide copies of both your new and old passports.

Your study permit will not be issued beyond your passport expiry date. Thus, if your passport will be expiring soon, you should extend it first before you apply for the study permit.

Your passport photo should be less than six months old.

You must include an up-to-date photograph of yourself that meets specific requirements outlined by IRCC.

Visit the IRCC website to find specific requirements for this photo

A letter of explanation is a self-written document providing additional information to support your application.

You should only provide a letter of explanation if you want to explain something about your application—for instance, a leave of absence or time off that you took.

Please see an International Student Advisor for additional support with this letter.

Additional documents you may need

Depending on the nationality, this form might be required. You should only provide it if it's included in your document checklist.

This form needs to be printed out and signed by hand. Please note you might need to sign multiple places on this form:

  • if you indicate that you don't have a spouse or common-law partner, sign, and date Section A
  • if you indicate that you don't have children, sign and date Section B
  • finally, sign and date Section C.

This form is usually included in your checklist's "Optional Documents" section, and most students do not need to include it in the application.

This form doesn't need to be signed but needs to be validated.

Step 4: Get your biometrics and medical exam (if applicable)

If you have provided biometrics in a previous application, you don’t need to provide them again. Your biometrics will be valid for 10 years. You can use the online tool to find out if your biometrics are still valid.

Biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) are collected to confirm your identity and will facilitate your entry to Canada. While exemptions can be granted, most study permit applicants will be required to provide biometrics.

Once you have paid your biometrics collection fee ($85 CAD) and submitted your online application, you will receive a biometric instruction letter in your account. Then, you can go to the nearest biometrics collection center with the letter.

You may be required to complete an immigration medical exam if:

  • you have lived in a designated country or territory for more than six months in the past year or
  • you would like to work in a job that will bring you close to patients, children, the elderly, etc. This includes public health, health sciences, or agriculture-related fields (for example, healthcare workers and primary and secondary school teachers.)

If you need a medical exam, you can choose to:

  • submit your application first and wait for the medical exam instruction letter from IRCC or
  • do an upfront medical exam first and include the exam confirmation receipt in your application.

In general, providing an upfront medical exam can save some processing time. Your medical exam result will be valid for 12 months from the date of the exam and should be valid at the time when you travel.

Find a panel physician who can conduct your medical exam.

After you apply

Please expect three to four months for your study permit extension application to be processed. You will receive emails from your IRCC GCKey account informing you of any updates on your application.

Once approved, it usually takes two to six weeks to receive the document by mail, and the new study permit will be sent to the mailing address provided on the IMM5709e form.

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